2014 Release NV Sparkling Cabernet

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Rich and very complex with cassis, blackberry, and cranberry fruit, combined with mature Coonawarra Cabernet characters of leather, mushroom and earth.

Tasting Note

The Balnaves Coonawarra Vineyard was established in 1975, and is situated at the southern end of the Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. The family, which has been associated with the district since 1855, remains fully committed to a high level of ‘hands-on’ involvement.

Balnaves have selected Cabernet Sauvignon parcels showing more complex characters with elegant structure for our Sparkling Cabernet Sauvignon. Blended from eleven different vintages selected from 2014-1995, this wine has been matured in an old French oak solera prior to tirage in September 2014. The solera provides complexity and maturation with-out oaking the wine. Disgorged in December 2014, with a small dosage of vintage port to again add lift and complexity.

Rich and very complex with bright blackcurrant, blackberry and cranberry fruit, combined with mature Coonawarra Cabernet characters of leather, mushroom and earth. The palate is sweet and round but finishes balanced and dry. Ready to drink on release, this wine will improve and become more complex with careful cellaring.

Technical Information

VINTAGE:2014 Release Non-Vintage
HARVESTED:11 years of various pickings
VARIETY:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
ALC/VOL:14.0 %
TOTAL ACID:6.6 g/L
pH:3.47
CELLARING:Ready to drink on release + 4 years

Reviews

“Blended from 14 different vintages from 1995-2014, with a dosage of vintage port to provide the final hit of richness. Peppermint crisp (chocolate-mint) with a lovely black olive savoury note.”

Author: Regan Drew
Publication: APN ARM Weekend Magazine
Date: December 2016
Rating: 8.5/10
  • 2016

    Balnaves Sparkling Cabernet is not produced every year and the dates are in fact, the release date of this non–vintage product. Because we want this wine to be drinkable on release we use a solera system which has a blend of reserve wines in it dating from 1995 when we started this technique. We add fresh wine into the Solera when we have made wines of the right style. The wine is thus matured before tirage (sparkling process). We ferment in bottles then transfer to fresh bottles for packaging. Because the maturation happened before tirage this wine can be drunk on release but as you will see below, it can still age and become more complex with further cellaring.

  • 2014

    Deep red purple tinge, complex red and black fruit, perfumed and complex wild blackberry creamy aromas, good bubble up front in the mouth. Strong red cranberry fruit and good flavour length, rich and complex. Portuguese varietal vintage port in dosage adding extra complexity to this wine.  

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  • 2009

    Light-mid red brick tinge, lifted perfumed nose, cassis, talc powder, sweet blackberry fruit, spicy leather, tight and balanced. Very fine elegant style, leaner but ripe fruit. Aging well.

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  • We are in love with the Blue Footed Boobys currently on exhibition in the Cellar Door. We love how they celebrate their Saturday nights! 🍸

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  • SPOTTED: The Blue-Footed Booby! These are birds from the Galapagos Islands…with blue feet…who dance! These rare little cuties can be found at our Cellar Door throughout the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival starting today! This exhibition is a celebration, full of fun and colour. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarrartsfestival2018 #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby
  • We still have a few spaces left for our book reading and drawing demonstration on Saturday & Sunday. Call 08 8737 2946 or click on the link in our bio️ ☝️ for details. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarraartsfestival #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby #book reading #drawingdemonstration
  • Happy Mothers Day to our beautiful Mums. Hope you're enjoying a cheeky glass of your favourite wine - you deserve it! 🌹

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  • Only 1 week until the Penola/Coonawarra Arts Festival is here! Don't forget to book for our 'Blue Feet' Children's book reading and drawing demonstration for Saturday or Sunday. Ph: 08 8737 2946 or visit our website for bookings. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #pcartsfestival2018
  • The ghost mushroom season is upon us. Read on below all about this glow in the dark fungus. They even offer night tours! A fun thing to do if you are in the Mt Gambier region. 
Repost @southaustralia
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No need to adjust your screens… These glow-in-the-dark shrooms are the real deal, as @andrew__burston know all too well! The 2018 #GhostMushroom season officially kicked off this week at #GhostMushroomLane in Glencoe, just 16km from #MountGambier! These spooky little night lights typically emerge after late autumn rains, emitting a luminescent glow after dark – the result of a chemical reaction between fungal enzymes and oxygen. There’s no shortage of them either – this is the largest site of its type in #Australia, with tens of thousands of freaky funghi appearing from May-June. Take the 2.3km free self-drive forest trail and you’ll find Mother Nature’s army of green lanterns growing from old tree stumps, the decaying remnants of the annual pine harvest. ForestrySA are also offering guided tours on Fri/Sat/Sun nights, giving those keen to learn more about these eerie emblems of the darkness a chance to get up close and personal. A small display will also be on hand at the @tourism_mount_gambier Visitor Centre from next week, operating Tue/Wed/Thu throughout May. For the full lowdown on everything that glows! #SeeSouthAustralia 👽🍄 [📍Location: a 40 minute flight (or 5hr drive) from Melbourne, or a 1hr flight (4.5hr drive) to Mount Gambier from
  • Autumn Days. ❤️ Just add a picnic and wine. 🍷🍂 #balnavesofcoonawarra #cellardoor #familyfriendly #picincbox #winebytheglass #coonawarra
  • It’s a Shiraz kind of Friday night. Cheers! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #balnaves #coonawarra #friyay #weekend
  • Mother's Day is only a week away. Need some inspiration? Why not buy her a bottle or 2 of her favourite wine or join her up to our new wine club? 
Click on the link in our bio to start shopping 👆

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #mothersday #wine #shedeservesit

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  • Thanks so much to the very talented Marsha Wajer for your book reading, drawing demonstration & super fun & colourful ‘Blue Feet’ exhibition. It’s not too late to  check out her beautiful work. Open until 5pm today.
  • We are in love with the Blue Footed Boobys currently on exhibition in the Cellar Door. We love how they celebrate their Saturday nights! 🍸

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarraartsfestival #bluefootedboobys
  • There are positives about cold winter nights. 🍷🔥👍 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #redwine #fire #cosy #friyay #winning #thetally #cabernet #weekend
  • SPOTTED: The Blue-Footed Booby! These are birds from the Galapagos Islands…with blue feet…who dance! These rare little cuties can be found at our Cellar Door throughout the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival starting today! This exhibition is a celebration, full of fun and colour. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarrartsfestival2018 #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby
  • We still have a few spaces left for our book reading and drawing demonstration on Saturday & Sunday. Call 08 8737 2946 or click on the link in our bio️ ☝️ for details. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarraartsfestival #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby #book reading #drawingdemonstration
  • Happy Mothers Day to our beautiful Mums. Hope you're enjoying a cheeky glass of your favourite wine - you deserve it! 🌹

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #mothersday #cheekred
  • Cheers to rotting grapes and not Brussels Sprouts! 🍷🍇 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #friyay #weekend #grapes
  • Only 1 week until the Penola/Coonawarra Arts Festival is here! Don't forget to book for our 'Blue Feet' Children's book reading and drawing demonstration for Saturday or Sunday. Ph: 08 8737 2946 or visit our website for bookings. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #pcartsfestival2018
  • The ghost mushroom season is upon us. Read on below all about this glow in the dark fungus. They even offer night tours! A fun thing to do if you are in the Mt Gambier region. 
Repost @southaustralia
・・・
No need to adjust your screens… These glow-in-the-dark shrooms are the real deal, as @andrew__burston know all too well! The 2018 #GhostMushroom season officially kicked off this week at #GhostMushroomLane in Glencoe, just 16km from #MountGambier! These spooky little night lights typically emerge after late autumn rains, emitting a luminescent glow after dark – the result of a chemical reaction between fungal enzymes and oxygen. There’s no shortage of them either – this is the largest site of its type in #Australia, with tens of thousands of freaky funghi appearing from May-June. Take the 2.3km free self-drive forest trail and you’ll find Mother Nature’s army of green lanterns growing from old tree stumps, the decaying remnants of the annual pine harvest. ForestrySA are also offering guided tours on Fri/Sat/Sun nights, giving those keen to learn more about these eerie emblems of the darkness a chance to get up close and personal. A small display will also be on hand at the @tourism_mount_gambier Visitor Centre from next week, operating Tue/Wed/Thu throughout May. For the full lowdown on everything that glows! #SeeSouthAustralia 👽🍄 [📍Location: a 40 minute flight (or 5hr drive) from Melbourne, or a 1hr flight (4.5hr drive) to Mount Gambier from
  • Autumn Days. ❤️ Just add a picnic and wine. 🍷🍂 #balnavesofcoonawarra #cellardoor #familyfriendly #picincbox #winebytheglass #coonawarra
  • It’s a Shiraz kind of Friday night. Cheers! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #balnaves #coonawarra #friyay #weekend
  • Mother's Day is only a week away. Need some inspiration? Why not buy her a bottle or 2 of her favourite wine or join her up to our new wine club? 
Click on the link in our bio to start shopping 👆

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #mothersday #wine #shedeservesit

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